1- When and if I get/have a dry socket, when do you feel the pain? Right away? In a few hours? A day or so later?
#2- And, what does a dry socket look like?
#3- I looked at it last night (Sat. 11/20) It looks like most of my "high/big" dark red blood clot (which filled the hole) has gone (only after 5 days, which is fast for me since I am a slow healer) and just a little red remains in the 'hole' and a few little 'white' dots (don't know if it is food or something that should be there - didn't want to pick at it) - and area is still glossy.
And that is why I thought the clot might have fallen out and I might have dry socket. But I didn't know when the pain was supposed to begin.
That was last night (Sat.) and I do not have any pain, as of now.
This is all so confusing and scary.
#4- What do you do if you look at the socket and see 'white' stuff there? Don't know if it is food or something that should be there. I've been doing the 1/2 teaspoon salt and cup warm water rinse (every day) in morning, before bed, and after every meal. Before bed = brushing lightly (no toothpaste) and flossing and the rinse. In the morning just the light brushing and rinse.
Can anyone ease my mind? I am 74 years old and live in NY.